instigate. activate.

Emerging Curators Spotlight: Instigate. Activate. | new curators, new ideas - on view Jan. 24 - April 4, 2015

opening reception: Saturday, Jan. 24, 6 pm - 9 pm

featuring performances by Annie Wilson at 6:30 and 8:30 pm, space is limited

gallery talk i: JAN 31, 1 pm - 4 pm

featuring the artists and curators of Choice Encounters and Homeward (BOUND)

gallery talk ii: MAR 28, 1 pm - 4 pm

featuring the artists and curators of Wrapped and Wrought and No Place, No You or Me


Instigate. Activate. is a new exhibition never before presented at AAC that features exhibitions by four up-and-coming independent curators and new work by artists. We have invited curators Ellen Chenoweth, Danielle O’Steen, Megan Rook-Koepsel, and Caitlin Tucker-Melvin to create group exhibitions with the theme of their choice.

Launched by AAC in the spring of 2014 the Emerging Curators Spotlight initiative creates a platform for emerging curators. The program will support the chosen curators by providing critical development of their exhibitions from conception to realization. Read about them in our blog post Hijacked in January – Meet the Curators.


Ellen Chenoweth | Philadelphia PA
Ellen Chenoweth is presenting Wrapped & Wrought, an exhibition that investigates containers as borderlands. Works in this exhibition will question ideas about belonging, comfort and identity. Participating artists: Nicole Salimbene, Roberto Lugo, Annie Wilson, Jacob Rivkin, Olivier Giron.
Chenoweth is a freelance cultural worker interested in the intersection between the performing arts and the visual arts. She has curated HOME, an event series at the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, MD and has worked as a manager with a variety of dance companies and choreographers.


Danielle O’Steen | Washington DC
The artists of Danielle O'Steen's exhibition, Choice Encounters, work beyond the traditional gallery boundaries, facilitating community collaboration to explore local and national landscapes, calling attention to the artist as medium, guide and instigator. Participating artists: Krista Caballero, collaborative work by Michael Dax Iacovone & Billy Friebele.
An independent curator and critic, O'Steen has curated exhibitions at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Flashpoint Gallery, and Gallery 102 at George Washington University. She has contributed to publications such as Art + Auction, Art Papers, and The Washington Post.


Caitlin Tucker-Melvin | Baltimore MD
In Caitlin Tucker-Melvin's exhibition No Place, No You or Me artists create alternative worlds through large-scale works to draw attention to the ways in which we build our own spaces in response to reality. Participating artists: L.E. Doughtie, Phaan Howng, Samantha Rausch.
Trained as an artist and curator, Tucker-Melvin focuses on audience engagement, non-traditional education and making the artist's process clear for viewers. She has curated exhibitions for her senior thesis at Moore College of Art & Design (MCAD) in Philadelphia, PA and her graduate thesis at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD.


Megan Rook-Koepsel | Washington DC
Presenting Homeward (BOUND) Megan Rook-Koepsel’s exhibition focuses on the meaningful associations that "Home" engenders by examining the juxtaposition of the physical materials that make up a home and the emotional value placed on those objects. Participating artists: Marian April Glebes, Maggie Gourlay, Joseph Hoffman, Mariah Anne Johnson, Ron Longsdorf
Rook-Koepsel served as curatorial intern at the Rose Art Museum, and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. As the Graduate Coordinator for the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, she organized numerous exhibitions including Here/There: works by Ding Ren, and Sugar High: works by Hong Seon Jang.